CCDP Criteria Guideline

Certified Career Development Practitioner Criteria Guideline

The Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP) designation is a WARRANT OF COMPETENCE or WARRANT OF EXPERTISE.

Successful completion of BCCDA’s certification process confers the right to use the title Certified Career Development Professional and the right to use the initials CCDP after one’s name.

Those that do not meet all the criteria required for Certification may also apply, and will be given a provisional status of CCDP Candidate.

They will remain as a CCDP Candidate for a five-year period until they meet all the requirements to become a CCDP. After this initial five-year period, candidates can apply for an extension if needed. Upon completing all the requirements for certification, a CCDP Candidate can apply for full Certification at no extra cost.

Application for the CCDP designation is voluntary. Applicants must fulfill all criteria for certification through a combination of education, work experience, and evidence of competency.

Applications are received and reviewed on an on-going basis.

CCDP & CCDP CANDIDACY CRITERIA

Applicants must satisfy the following requirements before submitting their CCDP application:

Upon submitting the application, applicants must provide the following information:

  • Education and Work Experience
  • Career Practitioner Competencies and Areas of Specialization
  • Professional References

BCCDA PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Applicants must be a current, professional member of the BCCDA. Professional Membership is required for the Association to have continued jurisdiction over the member. Successful applicants must maintain their BCCDA professional membership to maintain their CCDP or CCDP Candidate status. BECOME A MEMBER

MANDATORY COURSES - ETHICS & THEORIES

All applicants are required to attach proof of completion for 2 courses: (1) Ethics and Professional Conduct and (2) Career Development Theories.

You must complete both courses prior to applying for the CCDP designation. These courses may have been part of the education program, or taken separately.

Course Requirements for Ethics and Professional Conduct

  • Course content is directly related to ethics within career development, counselling or education (documented in the course’s outline)
  • Includes a minimum of 10 hours for substantive learning that has been delivered through face-to-face or online instruction (with the majority of the time engaged in facilitated/interactive learning – not simply self-directed reading/assignments)
  • Involves an evaluative assignment, marked and graded by the course instructor
  • Has a personalized course completion record from the institution or instructor (such as a certificate, diploma, transcript or letter with the instructor signature)

Course Requirements for Career Development Theories

  • Consists of course content including foundational and emerging career theories (documented in the course outline)
  • Includes a minimum of 20 hours of substantive learning that has been delivered through face-to-face or online instruction (with the majority of the time engaged in facilitated/interactive learning)
  • Involves an evaluative assignment, marked and graded by the course instructor
  • Has a personalized course completion record from the institution or instructor (such as a certificate, diploma, transcript or letter with the instructor signature)

Note:

BCCDA offers regular Ethics and Theories courses for groups and individual students. SIGN UP FOR THE COURSES

List of other BCCDA approved course providers:

ETHICS

  • Life Strategies Ltd. - Ethics for Career Practitioners
  • SFU Simon Fraser University - Career Development Theories and Code of Ethics - CPRA 105, CPRP 105
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University - Career Practitioner Certificate - Equivalent to SFU CPRA 105 & CPRP 105
  • Okanagan College - Professional Development & Labour Market Research - CF04
  • Okanagan College - Foundational Theories and Ethics in Career Facilitation - MGR263
  • Douglas College - Ethics for Career Development Practitioners - CDPP 267
  • Douglas College - Ethical Standards for Career Development Practitioners - CDGI 561
  • Douglas College - CDP Theories and Ethical Standards - CDGI 560
  • Concordia University College of Alberta - Ethical Practice in Counselling - S540
  • University of Calgary - Ethics for Professional Practice - ADL 213
  • Conestoga College Professional Ethics - Interviewing and Counselling - CARD 1010

THEORIES

  • Life Strategies Ltd. - Career Development Foundations, Emerging Theories and Models
  • SFU Simon Fraser University - Career Development Theories and Code of Ethics - CPRA 105, CPRP 105
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University - Career Practitioner Certificate - Equivalent to SFU CPRA 105 & CPRP 105
  • Okanagan College - Foundations in Career Development -
  • Okanagan College - Foundational Theories and Ethics in Career - MGR263
  • Douglas College - Models and Strategies - CDPP 750
  • Douglas College - Models, Strategies and Theories - CDPP 750
  • Douglas College - Career Development Theories - CDPP 268
  • Douglas College - CDP Theories & Ethical Standards - CDGI 560
  • Concordia University College of Alberta - Theories of Career Development - C510
  • University of Calgary - Career Development Foundations - ADL 210
  • Conestoga College - Career Counselling and Development - CARD 1060

NOTE: For Ethics and Career Development Theories Courses that are not on the pre-approved list, the applicant will need to provide a course outline or description and official transcripts as evidence that the course meets criteria as described above.

The Ethics component may be from the counselling or education fields. When this is the case, the applicant must provide evidence of that the course covered topics relevant and applicable to Career and Employment services

EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE

Applicants must choose one or more of the following pathways towards certification that they estimates best fits their particular combinations of education and work experience:

CERTIFICATION PATHWAYS:

Category 1. Related Masters degree in Career/Employment Development and at least 1 year full-time or an equivalent amount of part-time related paid qualifying work experience.

Category 2. Related Bachelors degree in Career/Employment Development and at least 2 years full-time or an equivalent amount of part-time related paid qualifying work experience.

Category 3. Related Diploma/Associate Degree (min. 400 hours) in Career/Employment Development and at least 3 years full-time or an equivalent amount of part-time related paid qualifying work experience.

Category 4. Related Certificate (min. 200 hours) in Career/Employment Development and at least 4 years full-time or an equivalent amount of part-time related paid qualifying work experience

Category 5. Unrelated degree and at least 4 years full-time or an equivalent amount of part-time related paid qualifying work experience

Category 6. Employment Pathway: Minimum of 8000 hours of paid qualifying work experience in the past 10 years

NOTES:

  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from the educational institution as part of their application unless apply using Category 6 as listed above.
  • “Full-time” means at least 30 hours of paid work in one week. One year of full-time work is at least 1560 hours. Candidates who apply using international paid work experience must have at least one year of paid work experience in Canada.
  • If career/employment related duties account for only part of an applicant’s past jobs/roles, or applicant’s work experience was only part-time (less than 28 hours/week), then the applicant must demonstrate that they have accumulated the required experience over more years than indicated for the category in question
  • Applicants must have obtained their core education from an accredited or government approved institution of higher education in Canada or one that is approved by BCCDA
  • Applicants with certificates, diplomas, or degrees from other countries must provide evidence that their degree is from an accredited or government approved institution or submit a credential recognition document from a government or university-approved ICES or PLAR service
  • Applicant’s educational programs or degrees for categories 1 through 4 must be in Career/Employment Development, Vocational Rehabilitation, or in the following related fields: Psychology, Sociology, Counselling, Education, Human Resources Management, Social Work or Marketing

CAREER PRACTITIONER COMPETENCIES AND AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Applicants must provide evidence for how he or she has demonstrated all 4 of the core competencies and 3 of the 6 areas of specialization outlined in the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Practitioners through experience or training.

Evidence should document/describe how the applicant has addressed these competencies through past work experience or through training/workshops/education.

For competencies obtained through training, the relevant documentation must be submitted.

NOTE:

  • For competencies obtained through training, indicate the relevant course title and year completed and list or attach documentation if not previously included
  • For competencies obtained through work experience or other, briefly provide evidence for how you have demonstrated this competency.
  • When giving examples of work experience, you may find it helpful to use techniques such as Situation, Action, Result (SAR)
  • You may use one statement or example to demonstrate more than one competency at a time

PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES

The applicant must submit TWO professional references in support of their application.

At least one reference must be from a supervisor or employer.

The second may be from a supervisor, employer or colleague who have knowledge of the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Practitioners and can speak to and verify your capacity in the career development field.

If self-employed, colleagues or client references may be acceptable. Please use the official CCDP Reference Form. You can download this form through BCCDA website.

Criteria for Acceptance as a Professional Reference:

  • The applicant must have known the reference for at least one year for CCDP candidates and at least six months for CCDP Candidacy candidates
  • The applicant must have known the reference in a professional capacity
  • The reference must have recent knowledge of the applicant’s work experience (within the past 5 years)
  • The reference must not be a family member
  • Ideally, the reference will be familiar with the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners (for more information see www.career-dev-guidelines.org )

Download Reference Forms

NOTE:

Provide your references with the CCDP Reference Form. They must complete and sign the form.

Ensure that your reference knows which 3 areas of specialization you are claiming so that their comments match your application

DOWNLOAD CCDP APPLICATION FORM

CCDP and CCDP CANDIDACY MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS

The CCDP designation is a mark of professional excellence. It symbolizes the practitioner's commitment to ongoing professional development and the continuous advancement of the career development field.

To maintain their designation and title, both CCDP and CCDP Candidates must:

  • Maintain continuous Professional Membership with BCCDA
  • Complete and document professional activities worth 25 credits per year
  • Ensure that each professional development activity claimed addresses at least one Core Competency and one area of Specialization from the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners
  • Supporting Documents: Please retain verification documents for all continuing education activities claimed for one year after submission as they may be required for randomized audits

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR MAINTENANCE ACTIVITIES;

  1. ONLINE - Sign up to your Membership Portal, click on professional activities section from your menu, either choose the activity from the existing list, or submit a new activity. For each activity, indicate at least one core competency and one area of specialization that it addresses.
  2. BY EMAIL - Download Annual Maintenance Log, and submit it to admin@bccda.org. For each activity, indicate at least one core competency and one area of specialization that it addresses.

CORE COMPETENCIES

C1 - Professional Behavior

C2 - Interpersonal Competence

C3 - Career Development Knowledge

C4 - Needs Assessment and Referral

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

S1 - Assessment

S2 - Facilitated/Individual Group Learning

S3 - Career Counselling (counselling understood as advising, not clinical counselling)

S4 - Information/Resource Management

S5 - Work Development

S6 - Community Capacity Building

How to transfer CCDP Candidate status to full CCDP

Those who do not meet all the criteria required for Certification will be give the provisional status of CCDP Candidate. They will receive a statement report listing the criteria they need to fulfil in order to qualify for the full certification.

Once CCDP Candidate submits missing certification requirements, candidate’s file will be updated and transferred to the Reviewer for the final decision. If the candidate satisfies all the criteria, they will receive their CCDP Certification at no extra fees.

CCDP Candidate will have five years to submit the missing criteria, with a possibility of extension in special cases.

The CCDP Candidacy Program is designed to establish communication, assistance, and continuity between CCDP Certification and applicants in the career development field who are seeking CCDP accreditation. “Candidate” status indicates that a CCDP candidate has voluntarily committed to ongoing professional development and continuous advancement in the career development field to achieve CCDP, the proof of professional excellence.

The Candidate applicants will benefit from:

  • Ongoing professional training and supports
  • Access to BCCDA resources and job board
  • Connect and communicate with industry professionals using the BCCDA platform
  • Join BCCDA Mentorship
  • Attend BCCDA Career Fair
  • Obtain learning experiences via BCCDA volunteer opportunities